Stop using food stamps to buy sodas, New York mayor says

Mayor seeks federal permission to bar food stamp users from buying sugared drinks


Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to get the U.S. government to allow him to bar New York City’s 1.7 million food stamp recipients from using government cash to buy soda or other sugared drinks. The state, which administers food stamps locally, has already signed on to the request. A similar request in 2004 from the state of Minnesota was turned down, since the Agriculture Department said the plan would “perpetuate the myth” that food-stamp users make bad shopping decisions. Still, Bloomberg and his health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley, says the ban will help slow the city’s obesity epidemic. Nearly 40 per cent of New York City’s public school children from kindergarten to eighth grade are overweight or obese, and numbers are much higher in poor neighbourhoods, where the consumption of sugary drinks is also higher. The ban would affect beverages with over 10 calories per 8 ounces, and wouldn’t affect fruit juice without added sugar, milk products or milk substitutes.

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Stop using food stamps to buy sodas, New York mayor says

  1. Welfare handouts never work as intended do they…

    • Anecdotally, no, they never seem to work out that way.

      Anecdotally, almost anything can be demonstrated to be not working as intended.

  2. What a smoke screen! SODA IS NOT THE PROBLEM.

    The drug makers and diabetes drug makers take in 10 billion$$$$ every year with no cure!!

    Food Chemicals are the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis NOT SODA!

    The FDA and Drug makers know this and are laughing to the Billionaire$$$ bank!

    The food chemicals break the gut(insulin) and this is the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis

    A filmmaker has been reversing diabetes and Obesity in now 10 countries and the drug makers do not promote the story

    just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

    • Bullsh*t. The sugar in pop increases your caloric intake, which, if not balanced by exercise – or an equivalent reduction in your caloric intake from somewhere else – causes weight gain. It is fairly simple math: if you take in more calories than you use, you will gain weight.

      • I agree, it is so bad for you even the diet junk!

        • there can even be a lot of sugar in so called healthy food ..i got some nature valley granola bars and they have 100g of sugar, more than a soda

          • oops delete that was only 10grams ;)

          • Hahaha…..

  3. See here and lets stop blaming the people and letting the billionaire drug scammers off the hook

    • Sandy, sadly your theory doesn't quite stand up given two truths: #1– Banting & Best discovered a way to use insulin to treat type I diabetics before processed foods with lots of "chemicals" were even available. #2–Type 1 Diabetes or Insulin Dependant Diabetes is a result of the bodies inability to produce insulin, which is a hormone that is produces in the Islet of Langerhan in the Pancreas. This inability arises from an autoimmune antibody response thought to be brought on by a virus such as mumps or coxsackie or genetics. Type II Diabetes occurs when the body still makes the insulin but becomes resistant to it so there is lots of glucose in the blood stream. This is the kind of Diabetes that is on the rise in our young people and it is in response to a rise in obesity. Now for some reason if you drink your calories instead of eating them, you put on more weight ( a study came out last year in a nutrition journal). We can all accept that there are really no benefits to being diabetic, obese or drinking drinks full of sugar and empty calories.

  4. Last week Bloomberg was on Tv telling everyone that Obama should leave businesses alone to do what they please.

    Obviously, that brand of 'small government" doesn't apply to the poor, as well. Do as I say NOT as I do.

    • If you want to spend your money on frivolities like pop, you are perfectly within your rights to do so. But I think that the government is perfectly within its rights to decide how its money is spent. Don't like it? Don't ask for welfare.

  5. Rich lefties always want everything their own way. Hypocrites to the core. Leave me alone but I am smarter than you so do as I say.

  6. The easy solution is to give them less money.

    • Or raise it so they can afford milk.

      • Hilarious reply! You don't believe yourself do you?

        • Do you believe yourself?

          • Every honest person knows I'm right. Poor people should be given a chance, not kept 'poor' and controlled by government programs.

    • Or tax unhealthy foods, or subsidize fresh fruits and veggies. The problem is that junky food is cheaper than healthy food so poor folks consume within their budget and get fatter.

      • BS. Fruits & veggies are already subsidized by illegal farm labour, that's why they're so cheap, you can buy 50lbs of potatoes and 10lbs of carrots for just a few dollars.
        Using tax law to control human behaviour is one of the main reasons that the economy in North America is in the doldrums, people should demand less government interference in their lives. Jobs and earning money are always preferable to schemes by politicians to buy votes by throwing our taxes around.

        • Agree on the potatoes and carrot bit, but a lot of people lack the drive to prepare these foods, easier to open a can of something , ( at triple the price) than eat healthier and stretch their budget…..

  7. I don't know if NYC is much different, in Ottawa, it cost $4.59 for two litres of milk, but I can buy a 2 litre jug of cola for $0.79. Easy to make bad food decisions when the prices of things like milk, eggs, butter, are kept artifically high.

    • Marketing Board monopolies in Ontario keep prices artificially high for items like milk and butter, they simply raise prices every year because competition is illegal and they'll get the police to lock you up. The people of Ontario should demand a free market in these products, the savings on the grocery bill would be great and the products themselves would be better. Why people don't mind politically-connected rich people making millions from their monopolies in Ontario is a good question, but try getting that question out to the people.